Have You Tried Aromatherapy?

Many of us are finding additional ways of looking after ourselves. For example, have you considered that aromatherapy is a good option for self-care and therapy? Of course, we know that we should seek advice from our doctors for medical problems, but there are many ways to increase our sense of wellbeing and positive mental health on a regular basis, and raise our levels of contentment.

Aromatherapy involves the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. These essential oils are basically plant extracts. They have been processed by steaming or pressing some elements of a plant (flowers, bark, leaves or fruit) to harness the compounds that produce fragrance.

Essential oils can be inhaled or absorbed by the skin. A massage therapist might add some drops of wintergreen to base oil to help relax tight muscles. A skincare company may add lavender oil to bath gel to create a soothing bath-soak. So, any helpful effects are likely to come from the smell or absorption of the oils. They also work positively on your mind and spirit.

When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils move from the olfactory nerves of the nose directly to the brain and impact the emotional centre of the brain.

Aromatherapy massage is a well-known way of using essential oils because it works in several ways at the same time. Your skin absorbs essential oils and you also breathe them in. Plus… you experience the physical therapy of the massage itself.

Historically, essential oils have been used therapeutically for over 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand. He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.

Some essential oils are considered to: have the following beneficial effects:

  • an anti-inflammatory effect that may help with arthritis and muscular pain
  • fighting off infection
  • reduction of sleeping problems and lessening of anxiety

There are many essential oils, all with unique fragrances and chemical content. Which essential oils are best depends on what symptoms you are l experiencing and looking to ease — or which fragrances you like best.

Some of the most popular essential oils include the following:

  • Lavender: Many people find the lavender scent soothing and relaxing. It is often used to help reduce stress and anxiety and it is thought to promote good sleep.
  • Tea tree: This oil has antibacterial properties and is used to help wound healing. It is often used for the treatment of acne, athlete’s foot and insect bites.
  • Peppermint:  Peppermint essential oil can help relieve digestive problems when taken in an enteric-coated capsule (from a trusted health supplement provider). It can also help to relieve tension headaches when applied topically.
  • Lemon oil: The citrus scent of lemon oil is considered to be a mood enhancer.

It is considered to be one of the most enjoyable and acceptable therapies enjoyed internationally, and provided it is used wisely, it is perfectly safe.

While never being a substitute for medical care, it can help a person – with some wide-ranging benefits. Many people enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy alongside more traditional medical treatments. Aromatherapy is often given in a nurturing, relaxing and enjoyable environment, and this can be a contrast to standard medical treatments that are necessary.

Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings — from health spas to hospitals and hospices — to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of wellbeing.

ADL provides an in-depth course in Aromatherapy. Why not start a new hobby – or even a career in this exciting field?

By Iona Lister




September Newsletter 4 2022: With Cat-like Tread!

Cat Psychology and Training 100 Hours With our Cat Psychology Online Course, you’ll learn to understand cat psychology and apply that knowledge to manage and influence the behaviour of cats. Learn to understand how cats think and the relevance of cat psychology to people. How cats communicate; and formulate an understanding of possible ways that

Read More »

September Newsletter 3: Don’t be a counselling fraud, be a Freud!

Counselling and Psychology 600-Hour Online Higher Advanced Diploma Counsellors and psychotherapists are in high demand; learn the skills and training required through distance learning with ADL’s Counselling and Psychology Online Course. The industry is currently worth in excess of £60 billion in the UK alone, so if you believe you have the attributes to become part

Read More »

September Newsletter 2 2022: Don’t go selling coals to Newcastle!

Sales Management 100-Hour Online Certificate Course For any company or organisation to succeed financially, it must have a desirable product. This product must be of need to a large proportion of the general public. Advertising, using all available media outlets, should get the message across. But the most important link after the manufacturing and advertising

Read More »

Diploma vs Certificate?

The Benefits of Transitioning from a Certificate to a Diploma? Autumn is now fast approaching.  It’s a great time of the year to start making plans for your future and to evaluate what direction you might want your career to go. Those long winter nights provide the right atmosphere for study, to expand your knowledge,

Read More »


Scroll to Top


To speak to one of our course advisors, please enter your name and phone number below and click the "Please Call Me" button. We will call you back as soon as possible!

By submitting this form, I provide my consent to ADL to contact me via email or telephone, regarding the course I selected. All information provided is protected in conformity with our Privacy Policy.


required fields are marked with *

By submitting this form, I provide my consent to ADL to contact me via email or telephone, regarding the course I selected. All information provided is protected in conformity with our Privacy Policy.